JUMBO Plastic ended Mighty Sports’ seven-game winning streak in the PCBL Chairman’s Cup.
The Linoleum Giants, the inaugural champion in the league, pulled off a 74-73 win after surviving a late scare from Kiefer Ravena who almost singlehandedly brought Mighty back from a five-point deficit in the last 11 seconds.
Ravena buried a three-pointer to shove Mighty within 74-72 with nine seconds to go, then stole the ball from Stephen Siruma, who was forced to give up a foul to prevent the Ateneo star from getting a breakaway layup.
But the usually reliable Ravena missed his first free throw before sinking the last one for the final tally, allowing Jumbo Platic to notch its fifth win in nine games and solo second spot in this tournament supported by LGR, Spalding, Hahn Manila, Gerry’s Grill, Ambucore and During’s Barbeque and Restaurant.
“Breaks of the game lang,” said coach Stevenson Tiu after Jumbo became the first team to beat Mighty Sports. “But we were so pumped up coming to this game and we brought the momentum of our previous win to our game against Mighty.”
Earlier, Euro-Med continued its winning streak and extended its run to four games after whipping Supremo Lex, 75-65.
Ola Adeogun came up with a double-double performance of 17 points and 12 rebounds while ex-pros Eric Salamat and Jopher Custodio had another solid games, scoring 15 and 10 respectively for Euro-Med, which forged a three-way tie for third to fifth spots with Foton and Sta. Lucia Realty.
Euro-Med 75 — Adeogun 17, Salamat 15, Custodio 10, Llagas 9, Capacio 7, Alvarez 7, Poligrates 5, Almario 3, Salcedo 2, Saitanan 0, Galanza 0, Tajonera 0, Parala 0.
Supremo Lex — Brana 17, Montuano 13, Jamon 11, Laminou 10, Importante 7, Villamin 3, Marquez 2, Leynes 2, Acidre 0, Cabrera 0.
Quarterscores: 18-20; 34-40; 57-55; 75-65.
Jumbo Plastic 74 — Viernes 19, Martinez 13, Arafat 11, Taganas 9, Arellano 8, Siruma 6, Eguilos 4, Santos 4, Bitoon 0, Ibay 0.
Mighty Sports 73 – Akhuetie 20, Ravena 14, Ferrer 11, Mangahas 7, Tang 5, Lopez 5, Regalado 3, Celada 3, Wongchuking 2, M. Bringas 2, A. Bringas 1, Banal 0.
Quarterscores: 20-18; 37-30; 55-52; 74-73.